Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Preview: Ciper (The Shadow Ravens #1) by Aileen Erin

Series: The Shadow Ravens #1
Publisher: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: 14 October 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy



Overview:

In the not-too-distant future, the color of your helix tattoo shows exactly how your DNA was modified—green for super-smart scientists, black for pumped-up warriors, white for the immortal Seligo—but Cipher’s red helix is a death sentence. It’s a sign of unstable DNA, which is probably the reason she can manipulate electricity.

When she was eight years old, Cipher made the mistake of showing her uncle the tattoo. In return, he killed her parents and tried to kidnap her.

She’s been on the run ever since, and twelve long years later, Cipher is tired of hiding. Survival isn’t enough anymore. She wants her life back.

Hacking into the Citadel mainframe is a huge risk, but it pays off when she finds a database on red helixes. Before she can copy it, she loses control of her power, charring her last processor, and the only person in the Arizona Voids that can get her back online is her oldest friend, Knightly. She hasn’t seen him in person since she started running, and Knightly 2.0 is fully upgraded with a six-pack and knee-melting smile.

For a girl like Cipher, trust doesn’t come easily, but Knightly makes her yearn for a life she knows she can’t have, especially when every secret she reveals endangers them both.



Previous reviews by this author:


Erin, Aileen - Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1)
Erin, Aileen - Avoiding Alpha (Alpha Girl #2)


Wow what a preview! I received this preview from Inky monster as a sneak peak at Aileen Erin's latest work. I was totally absorbed with the few chapters I read and just want more. 

Cipher is easy to like and you get introduced to so many interesting characters within the first few chapter. The world building looks awesome so far and I cannot wait to see where this story goes - it is guaranteed to be an amazing adventure!

Aileen is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. Inky better send me a copy soon!!! *wink wink nudge nudge* I have never really read a preview before and I loved it. I am totally excited about this book!!!!!


Author Bio:
Aileen Erin is a lover of all things nerdy—from Star Wars (prequels don’t count) to Star Trek (TNG FTW), she reads Quenya and some Sindarin, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles, and spends her days doing her favorite things: reading books, creating worlds, and kicking ass.

Author Links: Goodreads l Twitter l Website



Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Blast: Guardians ~ The Girl: Book 1 by Lola StVil

Guardians

Guardians: The Girl by Lola StVil

******OVER 450 FIVE STAR REVIEWS!*******

Sitting there in the car, a part of me bitterly resented what she was doing to me. I knew it wasn’t her fault. But does she have to be so... alluring? I need to focus on something else besides the spot between her earlobe and neck. It looked so soft. Her lips were slightly parted as she looked out the window. I wanted to part them further with mine. I put both my hands on the steering wheel. I could not allow myself to let go until she was out of the car. Suddenly she leaned in and kissed me. It was far better than I could even begin to explain to you. I've fought and died a slow and painful death on earth. And nothing, NOTHING can compare to how hard it was for me to pull away from her lips. I don't think any angel could to do it twice in a lifetime...


Excerpts

“Your courage is in your tears. Every time you cry, you lose a little bit more of it. That’s why you’re so breakable. Not because you’re human, because you’re always shedding courage from your eyes.”

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Marcus, choose me. Choose the path that is perilous and leads to certain annihilation because it’s also the path that leads to me. They can’t understand that we are powerless to stop what we have for each other. But we know. We know that if we don’t bend to the will of this love, it will break us.
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“I heard this guy say once that he thought if he said ‘no’ to doing drugs then the fight was over. But it turns out he had to say ‘no’ each and every day. I didn’t get it until I met you. When I first fell for you, I said ‘no’ to it. Then the next day the feeling came back. Now every single day, I have to say ‘no’ to being with you.”




Praise

"This book shows a whole other side of angels the good, the bad, and the ugly. Each character has their own story or "core" . This is only the beginning. Where can I find the second book?" ~Maya Twitty

"Could not put it down!!" ~Misty

"I didn't actually chose this book on purpose but I got it because it was free. After reading the first chapter I was hooked...and devastated. How could you let that happen Lola? I definitely recommend that you read this book...with a box of tissues." ~Amazon Review



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Author Lola StVil

Lola SLola was seven when she first came to this country from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She attended Columbia College in Chicago, where her main focus was creative writing. In addition to plays, she also writes screenplays and short stories.


She has been commissioned to write for ABC, CBS and Princeton University. She won the NAACP award for her play "The Bones of Lesser Men". In addition to being nominated for LA Weekly awards. Her work has also received positive reviews from The LA Times, Variety and LA Weekly. This is her first novel.



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Monday, 18 August 2014

Mini Book Review: Shadow Days (Nightshade #0.5) by Andrea Cremer

Series: Nightshade #0.5
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: 19 October 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author Website
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 79 pages



Overview:

Shadow Days, told from Shay's perspective, chronicles the days before the start of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade, when Shay is taken away from the friends he loves and forced to live in his uncle Bosqu Mar's mansion, where the gargoyles seem to move, magic seems real, and nothing is as it should be.



Previous reviews:
Nightshade (#1)

My Review:
I read this novella after I read book 1 Nightshade. Shadow Days is a great introduction to Shay and getting to know him before he meets Calla. I loved meeting his friends he had made before he moved into his uncles estate. Ally is my favourite. Andrea sets the scene perfectly and it did make me like Shay a little bit more. I could picture everything so clearly. Although I must admit at this point I am still Team Ren!!! It was fun seeing Shay trying to figure our social media and run a blog - Points scored there :) 

Final Thoughts: This was a great quick read!

My Rating:


Author Bio:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 


Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

Author Links: Goodreads l website l twitter



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Friday, 15 August 2014

Audio Book Review: Akasha ~ The Complete Saga by Terra Harmony

Series: Akasha #1
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication Date: 25 April 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Author / Audible / Competition Win
Narrator: Emily Gittelman
Length: 37:06:22 hours



Overview:
Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…

…and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Follow the saga as one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between Kaitlyn and Earth's survival. This is the boxed set of all four books in The Akasha Series; Water, Air, Fire and Earth





My Reviews:

Narrator: 3.5/5
Initially I found Emily's narration to be a bit staccato getting in to the book. She didn't really draw me into the characters until about halfway through the first book where her pace evened out. I found that I enjoyed her voice when she acts out the other characters like Micah, Shawn and Cato more than when she is the main character Kaitlyn. By book two I settled into her narration style a little bit better and she became the characters more fully. Her transitions were fluid which helped the flow of the story. 

Water (book 1):

First I read this book then I listening to it on audio. The book has a nice pace and a decent plot to keep you hooked. Opening with a snow avalanche and ski-boarding is a great opening scene.


Characters: 3/5


Kaitlyn - I loved Kaitlyn's intensity, her constant need to be in control and to figure out the next step, as well as her survival instincts. As strong as she is, her quick dependency habits put me off a bit, but her feisty quick-witted repartee kept me rooting for her, even when her hot-headedness had me asking why?

Shawn - I truly did not like Shawn - he had me cringing, and with every action he took my dislike increased. Even though I tried to understand his pain, his arrogance obliterated all empathy I felt. Even though I don't like him - he makes a great villain. 

Micah - Micah, Micah, Micah... what a complicated person. Just when you think he is everything Kaitlyn needs, he crosses a line and has Kaitlyn all confused. From the readers perspective, I could see Micah's struggle between training Kaitlyn and wanting to give in to her every need. One of my favourite characters - tied with Alex!


Alex - The first time I read this book Alex seemed in the background of the story. Listening to the Audio, he definitely made a greater impression the second time round. In the series he is an ordinary mundane character but just as important as the rest of the character who have elemental powers. Without Alex the team would surely fall apart. He is a great friend to Kaitlyn after Micah crosses some line, and he is always honest. Alex is definitely a favourite character of mine - tied with Micah. 


Susan - Initially I didn't notice Susan too much. The second time round I really like Susan and appreaciated her as a character. She has a great sense of humor and becomes a greater friend to Kaitlyn near the end of the book. 



Plot, Pace, Writing style: 3/5  
Terra has a nice writing style and I think she will grow as a writer in the next few books that follow on in the series. She can create build-up and intensity on a good level. The book did not keep me utterly absorbed, and I found the book a bit short - it left me unsure as to whether I was going to continue reading the series, but I have to say that the cliff hanger ending plus the sneak peak had me going 'oh my gosh, what happens next?' Definitely a reasonable read.

Water Rating:


Air (book 2):

I really enjoyed the opening scene of this book. It had some humor and was quite intense at the same time. 


Characters: 4/5


Kaitlyn - I found it a bit frustrating in the beginning the way she was keeping her secret from everyone except Susan and any other water user for that matter. I understand she is doing it because she is traumatised by pain shared is pain halved. I don't always agree with some of the decisions that she made and at time she is a bit reckless - considering her condition. Especially the ending! With the risk of sounding cryptic and not wanting to give away a spoiler.. How did she not figure out what was happening when it happened at the end... Even I figured it out!

Shawn - Shawn plays a bit more of a background role this story but does make the occasional appearances. His presence is strong and does drive the story from his position. 

Micah - I really felt for Micah the way Kaitlyn keeps pushing him away and treats. He is strong and loves Kaitlyn way more than she realises. I loved his gestures throughout the book. 


Alex - Alex remains my favourite character in this story. I love him to bits. He loves Kaitlyn like a sister and I enjoy their quirkiness together. "Buddah Belly" had me laughing every time!


Susan - I'm really glad Kaitlyn has Susan as a friend and almost like a sister. She is sweet and really is the best friend Kaitlyn could have.  


Plot, Pace: 3.5/5  
The plot is great and the pace is moderate. Terra brought in some twists and turns that I didn't see coming and I really enjoyed her development in this story. I was totally shocked at the ending and cannot believe some of the things that went down. Cato. Kaitlyn. I cannot tell you more without spoilers. 


Air Rating:


Fire (book 3):

Fire picks up where Air ended. Alliances have shifted and everything has changed. Kaitlyn is on the run and Micah & Alex need to work with Shawn to find her. 

I think at this point this is my favourite book. I loved it when the story moved to Easter Island and the good events that took place there. 

Characters: 4/5
Terra really developed the characters so beautifully in Fire. Each character grew and changed as they needed to and I really connected with each of them on a different level.

Kaitlyn - I cannot say I agree with her decisions but I do understand why she did what she did to end up where she was when the book began. Bee has really changed her and she had to grow up really fast. This is the book that really made me love Kaitlyn and appreciate her as a character. She has grown as a person and really developed into someone worthy of being a Gaia. I am so happy she came to her senses when it comes to somethings. 

Shawn - I don't think I'll ever like him. Even in his 'tender' moments (if you can even really call them that) I couldn't feel sorry for him. He does drive the story well and really brings out the villain in the story. I have nothing nice to say about him. It was so annoying how he was just one step ahead of everyone all the time. 

Micah - I feel so bad for him in the beginning. He is such a beautiful character and I wanted to smack Kaitlyn for what she puts him through. Just when I think he cannot be a better person he surprises me! All I want for him and Kaitlyn is a HEA. I was so confused about why Micah wasn't where he was supposed to be for the last 3rd of the book. 

Alex - Alex is still my favourite character and I love him more and more as the story continues. He is just so great that I don't even know how to explain it to you. He is one of those characters that crawl into your heart and just stay there. 

Susan - Susan has really stepped up and become a beautiful person. She is strong, responsible and so loving. I was so happy with the role she had to take in this book and so proud of the changes she brought about. 

Ahi - Oh Ahi! I loved her on Easter Island. I was so sad to see how Shawn manipulates her. She is one of the minor characters in the story that I really enjoyed having around. 

Plot, Pace: 4/5  
The plot was awesome. Terra really kicks it up a level and takes you on a rollercoaster ride. The pace varies but you are still drawn in at every level. Fire had a weird ending - it was a sort of hanging in the air - not a cliffhanger but it was such a nowhere type ending. 

Fire Rating:


Earth (book 4):

Earth kicks off a few months from where Fire ended. The world has suffered and bloomed after daybreak in so many different ways. All these characters have snuggled into my heart and I was sooooo sad to let them go! 

Characters: 5/5
Wow! In Earth each character is really stretched to their limits. It just goes to show that the lines are so blurred between black and white if you believe you are doing the right thing.

Kaitlyn - Kaitlyn is such a badass! I love how she grows, evolves and does what needs to be done. My heart aches for her and I felt her pain. In Earth you see the true beauty of Kaitlyn's character and why she is the chosen Gaia. 

Micah - Micah is too beautiful for words. The way he loves Kaitlyn is timeless. I don't know how to write about his character without giving too much away. For the first part of the book he is still MIA, but when he comes back into the story my heart fluttered and swooned! 

Shawn - I love to hate him. Even though his plan's get revealed and why he is doing what he is doing... All I can say is the road to hell is paved with good intentions and he is a good example of this! 

Alex - Alex is still my favourite character! He remains one of the truest friends to Kaitlyn and I am so happy that there is some romance in the air for him!! 

Bee - Bee is some tough competition for favourite character.. but she is so awesome she just gets her own category!

Plot, Pace: 5/5  
Earth is exciting and interesting.  The plot is brilliant with twists and turns you don't see coming. Terra paces everything perfectly. 

Rating:

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Final thoughts:
This was a great adventure and one that I will gladly listen to again! 


Overall Rating:



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Author Bio:



Terra is author of the eco-fantasy novels in the Akasha Series, 'Water', 'Air', 'Fire' and 'Earth', as well as the Painted Maidens Trilogy. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina, and Virginia.  Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor's and master's degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business. 


Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 14 years and three children.


Author Links: Goodreads Twitter l Facebook l Blog l Email l Pinterest l Google +

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